University of Maryland, College Park

College Park, MD

The MFA in Creative Writing provides a professional course of study for graduate students seeking to perfect their ability to compose poems, stories, and novels. While primarily affording students intensive studio or practical work within their chosen genre, the MFA in Creative Writing requires that students incorporate such work with a traditional study of literature. The goal of the MFA in Creative Writing is to provide an atmosphere in which students can both hone their skills as writers and gain a theoretical and historical understanding of their craft.

Degrees Offered



Fiction, Poetry

Residency type


Program length

36 credits (2–3 years)

Financial Aid

Each year, the program offers several Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships to the top applicants in each genre. These aid packages are typically 2-year agreements. Fellows do not teach in their first year; in their second year they teach two classes. TAs teach one class during their first year and three classes their second year. Although a great deal of this teaching is Academic Writing (English 101), all program-awarded aid recipients are guaranteed at least one chance to teach an undergraduate creative writing workshop or to serve as a teaching assistant in an undergraduate literature course.

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